Prof. Dr. Gabriele Budach

Gabriele Budach

Associate professor in Teacher Education, Learning and Diversity

Research Topics Migration, Multilinguism, Informal learning, Multimodality, Cultural mediation
Faculty or Centre Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Department Department of Humanities
Postal Address Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Campus Office MSH, E03 15-100
Telephone (+352) 46 66 44 9304

Gabriele Budach is an Associate Professor for Teacher Education, Learning and Diversity. She joined the Faculty for Humanities, Education and Social Sciences at the University of Luxembourg in 2014.

She trained as a philologist (in French, Italian and Russian) at the University of Leipzig, and first engaged in historical linguistics, analyzing autobiographic writings by craftsmen in 18th Century France (MA thesis).

Introduced to sociolinguistics in Leipzig and Rouen/France, she began focusing on language as a lens into understanding social relations. As an invited researcher at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE, Toronto/Canada), she trained as an ethnographer and developed research in a range of multilingual settings since then. Her PhD was on Adult literacy education in French Canada, followed by a long-term school ethnography in a bilingual Italian-German primary program in Frankfurt/Main/Germany that investigated bi-literacy teaching and learning as a social/pedagogical practice. In her work with urban Inuit in Ottawa/Canada on culturally sensitive and ethically appropriate practices of teaching, learning and curriculum, she developed a strong commitment to collaborative ethnography. The context fostered her understanding of multimodal pedagogies and made her connect with post-human epistemology and new materialist perspectives in educational research.

As a researcher and teacher, she commits to a collaborative approach that values the contribution of students and research participants. Her current teaching and research focuses on issues of identity and belonging in heterogeneous, multilingual environments which she explores through art-based methodologies, such as digital storytelling and stop motion animation.

Since she joined the University of Luxembourg, she has been acting as co-director of the Master Program in Learning and Communication in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts (MultiLearn) (since February 2015), and as director of this program (since September 2019). In July 2015 she joined the UL Research Priority Education: Focusing on Multilingualism and Diversity, as a member and was appointed to lead its sub-strand “Language trajectories, migration and informal learning”. Since October 2018, she is a member of the MIS (Migration and Inclusive Societies) key research area of the Faculty.

Last updated on: Wednesday, 04 November 2020

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Academic education

  • 2002  PhD in Romance Linguistics, University of Frankfurt
  • 1997  MA in German as a Foreign Language (Aufbaustudium), Herder Institute Leipzig, University of Leipzig
  • 1996  MA in Romance Language Studies (French/major, Italian/minor) and Slavonic language studies (Russian/minor), University of Leipzig
  • 1993  Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics with a specialization in French as a Foreign Language (Licence en sciences du langage, Mention: F.L.E.) University of Rouen/France                           

Professional Experience

  • Since Sept. 2014  Associate Professor for Teacher Education, Learning and Diversity, University of Luxembourg
  • Sept. 2013-Aug. 2014  Lecturer in Studies for Primary French, University of the Saarland, Germany
  • Feb. 2008-Sept. 2013  Lecturer in French Linguistics at the Department of Modern Languages, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Sept. 2002-Jan. 2008  Wissenschaftliche Assistentin (C1) (temporary lecturer for French and Italian Linguistics) at the Institute for Romance Languages, University of Frankfurt
  • Sept. 1997-Sept. 2002  Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin (research and teaching), Institute for Romance Languages, University of Frankfurt

Activities as a Reviewer for:

  • Fonds national de la Recherche Luxembourg (2011-2013)

Reviewer for the following international research journals:

  • Canadian Modern Language Review/Revue canadienne des langues modernes
  • Journal of Linguistic Anthropology
  • Language policy
  • Linguistics and Education
  • Language and Literacy
  • Reading Research Quarterly
  • Sociolinguistic Studies
  • Social Semiotics

Last updated on: 02 Nov 2020

Research interests

  • multilingual education
  • multilingual literacies
  • multimodal pedagogies
  • learning as a social and semiotic practice
  • learning across contexts and social networks
  • multilingual learner trajectories and cross-border (dis-)connectivity
  • learners as cultural mediators
  • objects as semiotic resources for learning and social connectivity
  • collaborative ethnography
  • collaborative research as transformative practice
  • understanding social change, migration, mobility, diversity and its discursive framing
  • new materialist perspectives of education

Research projects (3rd -party-funded)

  • 2017-2021: Member of the PRIDE-Consortium (FNR funded) CALIDIE: Capitalising on linguistic diversity in education. (Block grant for funding of doctoral research and training, led by Adelheid Hu, Luxembourg), Supervisor of a PhD project on learners as cultural mediators.
  • 2015-2017: Critical connections: Exploring digital storytelling (II) [PI’s Jim Anderson, Vicky Macleroy, Goldsmiths College, London), funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Co-investigator/External adviser
  • 2011-2013: Critical connections: Exploring digital storytelling (I) [PI’s Jim Anderson, Vicky Macleroy, Goldsmiths College, London], funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Co-investigator/External adviser
  • 2011-2015: Global citizenship and mobility [PI: Melissa Moyer (Universitat Autònoma di Barcelona)] – funded by the Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia, Spain, my role: co-investigator
  • 2008-2011: Multiliteracies in an Urban Inuit Community, [with Donna Patrick/Carleton University/Ottawa and in collaboration with the Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre)] – funded by the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Co-investigator
  • 2007-2010: Managing Multilingualism in Institutional Contexts [PI: Melissa Moyer (Universitat Autònoma di Barcelona)] – funded by the Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia, Spain, Co-investigator
  • 2005-2008:  La francité transnationale : Pour une sociolinguistique de la mouvance [PIs: Monica Heller (Toronto), Annette Boudreau, Lise Dubois (Moncton), Claudine Moise (Avignon)] – funded by the Canadian SSHRC, TRANS-Coop Programme European Research Council, Co-investigator
  • 1997-2000:  Speaking out: The discursive construction of francophone space in North America [PIs: Monica Heller (Toronto), Normand Labrie (Toronto) and Jürgen Erfurt (Frankfurt)] – funded by the Canadian SSHRC, TRANS-Coop Programme European Research Council, PhD student

Last updated on: 02 Nov 2020

  • Bachelor in Educational Sciences: “Analysing empirical data”; “Littératies multimodales”
  • MA in Learning and Communication in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts: courses on “Learning without borders”, “Critical Multimodal Creativity”, “Learners as cultural mediators”, “Conducting and analyzing visual data”, “Master Classes I + II”
  • Doctoral School: “Heuristics – the Art of Theorizing” (together with Ingrid de Saint-Georges), “Current Trends in Migration Research” (together with members of MIS (Migration and Integrated Societies), Faculty key research area

Last updated on: 02 Nov 2020

  • Badder, Anastasia: “Language socialization and the construction of Jewishness among Jewish children in Luxembourg” (working title) (co-supervision with Heidi Armbruster, University of Southampton), since 7/2017
  • Varin, Mélissandre: “A fleur de peau: Negotiating identity among mixed-raced individuals through arts-based methods” (working title) (co-supervison with Yvette Hutchison, University of Warwick), since 9/2018

Completed projects

  • Abdi, Zahra: “Building critical awareness through English language teaching: Case study of a Higher Education institution in Iran” (co-supervision with Dr. Karin Zotzmann, University of Southampton). Viva 11/2017
  • Meyer, Heather: “‘Global citizens’ or isolated elite? A case study of an international school community in Germany” (co-supervision with Dr. Heidi Armbruster, University of Southampton). Viva: 12/2016
  • Porter, Alison: “Combining sound and print: An Integrated Approach to the Development of L2 Literacy in French”, (co-supervision with Prof R. Mitchell University of Southampton). Viva 07/14.
  • Schanze, Livia: “Language, Migration and Citizenship in Germany”, (co-supervision with Prof. Patrick Stevenson, University of Southampton). Viva 07/2010.
  • Preston, Anne: “Motivation in the French L2 classroom” (co-supervision with Prof. Ros Mitchell, University of Southampton). Viva 07/2009.

Last updated on: 02 Nov 2020

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Scientific Periodicals – Complete Issue

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See detailObjects and language in transcontextual communication
Kell, Cathy; Patrick, Donna; Budach, Gabriele

in Social Semiotics (2015), 25(4), 387-532

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Articles published in scientific periodicals

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See detail“Crossing borders, connecting cultures”: an introduction to the special issue
Nienaber, Birte; Holzapfel, Nicole; Budach, Gabriele

in Comparative Migration Studies (2023), 11(7),

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See detailLiving and Learning in Times of Corona
Badder, Anastasia; Zhang, Yimin; Olmo, Mara; Budach, Gabriele

in The Ends of Humanities (2021)

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See detailExploring ‘vibrant matter’ in animation making
Budach, Gabriele; Sharoyan, Gohar

in Language and Intercultural Communication (2020), 20(5), 464-481

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See detail“We need to become ‘educational chameleons’”: from unified to multiple norms in a multilingual and international higher education context
de Saint-Georges, Ingrid; Budach, Gabriele; Tress, Constanze

in European Journal of Applied Linguistics (2020), 8(2),

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See detail« Les objets qui font parler ». Vers une pédagogie de la création multimodale et multilingue
Budach, Gabriele

in LIDIL: Revue de Linguistique et de Didactique des Langues (2018), 57

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See detailLanguage and territorialization: Food consumption and the creation of urban Indigenous space
Patrick, Donna; Shaer, Ben; Budach, Gabriele

in Semiotic Review (2017), 5

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See detailObjects and language in transcontextual communication
Budach, Gabriele; Kell, Cathy; Patrick, Donna

in Social Semiotics (2015), 25(4), 387-400

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See detail"Talk around objects": designing trajectories of belonging in an urban Inuit community
Budach, Gabriele; Patrick, Donna; Mackey, Teevi

in Social Semiotics (2015), 25(4), 446-464

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See detail“Urban-Rural” Dynamics and Indigenous Urbanization: The Case of Inuit Language Use in Ottawa
Budach, Gabriele

in Journal of Language, Identity and Education (2014)

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See detailMultiliteracies and family language policy in an urban Inuit community
Patrick, D.; Budach, Gabriele; Muckpaloo, I.

in Language Policy (2013), 12(1), 47-62

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Scientific Periodicals – Other

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See detailPedagogies in context: Perspectives on contemporary Spain
Budach, Gabriele

in Linguistics and Education (2010), 21(3), 244-255

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Contributions to collective works

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See detailExploring Affect in Stop Frame Animation
Budach, Gabriele; Efremov, Dmitrii; Loghin, Daniela; Sharoyan, Gohar

in Toohey, Kelleen; Smythe, Suzanne; Dagenais, Diane; Forte, Magali (Eds.) Transforming Language and Literacy Education: New Materialism, Posthumanism, and Ontoethics (2020)

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See detailLearning around Iconic Buildings. Maps of experience in the making.
Budach, Gabriele

in Nichols, Sue (Ed.) Learning Cities - Multimodal explorations and placed pedagogies. (2018)

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See detailSuperdiversity and Language
Budach, Gabriele; de Saint-Georges, Ingrid

in Canagarajah, Suresh (Ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Migration and Language (2017)

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See detailPart of the Puzzle: The Retrospective Interview as reflexive practice in ethnographic collaborative research
Budach, Gabriele

in Martin-Jones, Marilyn; Gardner, Sheena (Eds.) Multilingualism, Discourse and Ethnography (2012)

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Contributions to encyclopaedias, dictionaries, …

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See detailCollaborative Ethnography
Budach, Gabriele

in Tusting, Karin (Ed.) The Routledge Handbook on Linguistic Ethnography (2019)

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